Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/222335
Authors: 
Bicchieri, Cristina
Dimant, Eugen
Gächter, Simon
Nosenzo, Daniele
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
ECONtribute Discussion Paper No. 009
Abstract: 
We study how an individual's compliance with social norms is influenced by other actors' norm compliance. In a repeated non-strategic Take-or-Give donation experiment we show that giving is considered socially appropriate while taking is sociallyinappropriate.Observing norm violations erodesanindividual'sownnormcompliance.Weshowthatthe erosion of norm compliance is led by a change in norm-related beliefs.This change has a major effect on individuals who initially obey the norm,driving them to non-compliance, whereas initially non-compliant individuals do not change their taking behavior.Erosion is halted when individuals have even minimal social proximity to those they observe: individuals now also pay attention to norm followers.
Subjects: 
Norm Compliance
Social Norms
Social Proximity
JEL: 
C92
D64
D9
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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